Don't Be Afraid
BILLY'S FEAR OF DARKNESS IN HIS BEDROOM PROMPTS HIS MOTHER TO EXPLAIN TO HIM THAT FEAR IS NATURAL. DISCUSSION OF VARIOUS KINDS OF FEAR - RATIONAL, IRRATIONAL. IN CONCLUSION, FILM ASKS AUDIENCE TO DISCUSS BILLY'S FEARS.
Ken Smith sez: Billy is afraid of the dark, but his understanding mother tells him "don't be ashamed of fear," and this apparently helps. Ominous music plays during flashbacks, where Billy sees how he and his friends have dealt with fear in their lives. But where's the montage of speculative fears? Where're the monsters??? A disappointment.
Mom tries to get little boy to go to bed. He is playing with construction set. She puts him to bed and puts out the light. He is afraid of the dark.
Boy jumps up and calls his mother
Mother cooks breakfast for dad and boy. Fat in frying pan catches fire and scares mom.
Boy playing catch outside school. Little boy looks up.
Little boy playing with Collie dog. Little girl runs away.
Woman answers telephone
Dad brings little girl a puppy.
Little girl takes dog for a walk.
Little boy and parents discuss report card.
FEARS CHILDREN FAMILY LIFE BEDROOMS BEDTIME SLEEP PARENTS SHADOWS KITCHENS FIRE SCHOOLS PLAYGROUNDS DOGS TELEPHONES HOMEWORK safety Danger Lurks
Subject: Ahh, A Bed Wetter....
Subject: "There was no monster."
Originally released by Encyclopedia Britannica in color. This print is in black and white.
Subject: ERD's comment on the button
Thankfully though I was taught so many of the wonderful values of that time and I have worked hard to pass those on to my own children.
Subject: That's the way it was
Subject: Now we call this attention seeking or ADHD.
Subject: Mother Was a Freudian
In a strange twist, she warns Billy that the Monster under the bed will only attack him if Billy touches 'down there.'
Subject: I think Billy needs to talk some more.
Subject: Don't Be Afraid
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****. Also available on Campy Classroom Classics, Vol. 2 and Monsters Crash the Pajama Party Spook Show Spectacular DVD.